When the Bellevue Police Foundation was deciding on who to give this year’s Platinum Service Award to, they kept going back to one name — Craig Hanaumi.
He’s the skateboarding, Ju-Jitsu practicing, trombone playing police officer in Bellevue. If you Google his name, you’ll find not only local TV station coverage on the community-minded cop, but also stories produced by national media outlets.
Hanaumi was the service award recipient in 2015, and at the 10th annual Bold for the Blue Breakfast, on March 15, he was awarded the honor again. But even more than that, going forward, the award will now be referred to as the Craig Hanaumi Service Award.
“Craig is just amazing,” said Sharon Linton, executive director for the foundation. “He does all of these things in the community and exemplifies behaviors and connections we want to recognize.”
They decided, she said, that Hanaumi is the bar that they want other officers to aspire to reach. This is the reason why they renamed the award.
Aside from the bestowed honor, a presentation was given by Bellevue detectives Andy Smith and Jim Keene. They gave insight — with a comedic touch — into the everyday lives of a police officer.
And the foundation raised more than $167,000 in total donations and sponsorships. It reaches new levels for the organization, Linton said.
The funds are used to pay for tools not provided by the department’s budget. Of the annual budget, about 2 percent is discretionary money for equipment and training. Police dogs and cop bikes have been paid for in the past. This year, the hope is to purchase a 300-degree, use-of-force simulator.
Linton said overall the event was a success. Not only was it the largest they’ve hosted, but people left feeling connected to the officers of the department.
“These are real people, serving in our community,” she said.